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Elegantly Charming: Vigilucci's Restaurant in Leucadia, CA


In our ongoing lifestyle M.O. to enjoy outings together in charming and elegant places, my hubby Steve and I like the various Vigilucci's Restaurants in San Diego County.


This is their Leucadia, CA location, called Trattoria Italiana.  (Which means "beautiful Italian food.")


In addition to their fabulous cuisine (more on that below), I love Vigilucci's because of their impeccable and elegant interior design, in all their locations.

See what I mean ...



They always outdo themselves on light fixtures!






Even their bathrooms are beautiful!


Here's a lovely napkin fold I'm going to try at home soon.  :)


My gluten-free chicken piccata and grilled veggie rolls were beyond tasty!  And healthy.


And my hubs loved his  healthy meal too.

Isn't their meal presentation nice?!


Another surprise treat at this location that I discovered upon going to the restroom was their charming back patio.


How fun would this be at night with the little white lights, palm trees, and climbing ivy?!



There are several little cottage-like buildings in the back, all connected by the patio, and if you enter this door you'll see ...


this lovely group setting.

All of the Vigilucci's Restaurants in San Diego County are excellent restaurants in my opinion.


We hope you enjoyed the tour.

View their YouTube video.

Celebrating the art of simple, charming, elegant living!

Kathryn :) 


Organized Shower Power


Our beautiful state of California is under mandatory water restriction usage and therefore our apartment complex is asking residents to do their part by taking five minute showers.  To do that, one needs to be very organized in the shower, in my opinion.  (And have a short haircut!)

I love mesh hanging shower caddies for keeping our shower/tub products organized.  I transitioned to these when we moved into this apartment two years ago because I was constantly replacing those over-the-showerhead metal hanging shower caddies that rusted quickly.  (Even the plastic coated ones rusted.)

These mesh caddies are also nifty because you can toss them in the washing machine, (on gentle so they don't tear), with a little non-toxic bleach to keep them even fresher.

They last a long time and I have not had a problem with the metal grommets rusting.  At all.

They also don't move around annoyingly like those metal holders that send your bottles toppling onto the shower floor, nor do they have suction cups that get slimy.

We hang our mesh shower caddies on these self-stick plastic hooks  that adhere to the shower wall, one caddy in the front of our shower for me, and ...



One in the back for my hubs and his caddy also holds our shower cleaning gear since he cleans the shower and I do the vanity, toilet, floor, and mirrors as our "always clean bathroom team effort."

Be sure to paste up the plastic self-stick hooks when your shower wall is totally dry, and you should be fine.  (Ask me how I know this.)  :)

This little organizing gig helps us take "California five minute showers" now, which we feel we should strive for, to do our part to save our pretty state, and our planet.

Here's to your organized shower, and to using our precious earth's entire water supply wisely.

Celebrating the art of simple, charming, elegant living!

Kathryn :) 


Biscotti Tea Happiness



When my hubs and I went to this beautiful San Diego resort for our 35th wedding anniversary recently, they had a really sweet little walk-in coffee shop/cafe on site where they sold tea and coffees and other fun culinary things.   And so, since this teapot was my anniv gift from my husband, I bought this most wonderful tea sold at the resort to try out my new teapot:

Rum Raisin Biscotti

NOTE:  This is NOT a gluten-free tea, according to the vendor website, so be sure to read the label if food sensitivities are a concern for you!

Oh my!  Add a little honey and it's like having a (very low calorie) rich dessert!

You can buy it online here if you'd like to try it.  (And no, I don't work for Tea Forte.  But wouldn't that be a fun job?!)

"You can't buy happiness but you can buy tea and that's kind of the same thing."  --Anonymous

Celebrating the art of simple, charming, elegant living!

Kathryn :) 


The Grand Del Mar Resort & Golf Course in San Diego, CA


When we Googled "most romantic San Diego resorts" to find a beautiful place close to home to have lunch for our 35th wedding anniversary recently, up popped The Grand Del Mar Resort & Golf Course in San Diego County.

Grand, elegant, and opulent indeed.   (And simple for us to partake because it was a quick drive, and we didn't have to pack to stay overnight, or deal with airline nor airport stresses, so that certainly added to the charm of our "trip.")

Trip Advisor named The Grand Del mar the #1 Luxury Resort in California for 2015.


The lobby is very opulent in design, down to the last detail, and the floral arrangement here, in person, was huge and over-the-top gorgeous--my photo does not do it justice.




Named one of the finest Five Star Properties in the world in 2014 by Forbes.


We had a leisurely lunch on the back outdoor terrace of their Amaya Restaurant which overlooks a large green space where they were hosting a festive event.  In the distance you can see for miles, with mountains as the backdrop.





Before our anniversary day celebrating 35 years together, we each wrote a list of 35 things that we still love about each other, and we read the lists out loud to each other at our lunch. It was great fun, and there were some surprises, even after all these years together!



My trout was beyond tasty.



And my (thin, so he could!) hubs indulged in their gourmet burger.


After lunch we took a walk around the beautiful property.






The gorgeous golf course surrounds the property.


After our walk we went upstairs and had dessert and coffee on a tiny terrace overlooking the amazing swimming pool, where a beautiful gala was being held all afternoon, and some of the ladies were decked out in their pretty hats!




Notice the lovely X garden-hedge sculpture on the left.




This resort is also home to many beautiful weddings.





Afternoon tea is held in the library lounge.






During dessert on the upstairs terrace we exchanged simple gifts and heartfelt cards ...




Our cute waitress brought us these delicious gluten-free muffins from their on-site walk-in coffee shop, called Cent' Anni.  (Where I later bought some delicious loose leaf tea to take home to brew up in my new teapot.)



Beautiful plants and urns are everywhere inside the property--an Old World design delight to the eye.







I took a quick peek at their spa entrance and snapped this shot.  Absolutely beautiful!











The Grand Del Mar  regularly hosts all kinds of gatherings/events, including for kids.

The Grand Del Mar blog, Grand Moments.

Want to stay overnight at the Grand Del Mar?  That will cost you between $500-$6000 per night.

Celebrating the art of simple, charming, elegant living!

Kathryn :)